Well I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to Autumn. I like living in a country where the seasons are so different. I enjoyed the warm summer days we had in July and am glad that, while Autumn is on its way, there are a few of these lovely days left. What’s even better, is when you find little hidden gems to enjoy them.
We found this little hidden gem while walking around Radley Lakes in Abingdon a weekend or so ago. The weather was surprisingly warm considering it’s been such a cold August – I had to take my coat off, it was that warm! We had a lovely walk around the Lake then went off on a bit of tangent in search of the Thames path. We found this gorgeous lake, that had beautifully clear water, which Poppy paddled in, some fish, ducks and even a kingfisher! I’ve never seen one before, so was really thrilled to see it. (I like to get my nature geek on occasionally, as long as nature keeps a respectable distance!) Having lived in Abingdon for nearly five years, I’m amazed at how much of it I don’t yet know. This little gem is a definite keeper for dog walks. Love it!
Phew! The last few weeks have just been crazy, with getting the garden sorted to having lots of guests, I’ve been swamped! All good, but it does mean that I really treasure those little quiet moments, usually when I’m walking Poppy. It gives my brain a little chance to have a breather. The recent good weather has also been great. Instead of hurrying about the park, Poppy & I have just kind of sauntered along – Her sniffing squirrels, me just taking it all in. Despite being hot & bothered, sweaty & tired, I do really like the summer sun.
We’re very lucky to live near this park. Just by the entrance, in the evening as the sun starts to go down, a gap in the trees warms the path. Poppy always stops here for a wee and a sniff. The other day, after a massive cleaning and clearing session, we were making our way slowly around the park. Poppy stopped, with the lead at full extension and my hand was held out in the sun. I noticed a butterfly, that had been sitting in the sun, flying around, when all of a sudden, it landed on my hand. I couldn’t believe it! It was like something out of a film! It only stayed there for a few seconds, but it was just one of those moments that just takes your breath away. This gave me another reason to enjoy these warm summer days!
Don’t you just love nature?! Have you been enjoying the recent warm weather?
Isn’t it great when you get together with old friends for a good old chinwag over some decent food? That’s what I did last weekend at Daylesford Farm. The friends in question are from my past life when I used to be a teacher and we all joined the school at the same time, nearly 8 years ago! How time flies! After a good catch up, it was time for a mooch about & one of the reasons I love Daylesford Farm is that there are so many lovely things there – from great wine & cake, to flowers & bits for the home.
They had a great range of flowers there last weekend. These Sweet William were only £5 and the daisies were 50p a stem. Bargain! Not only that I picked up some delicious strawberries & nectarines that are really tasty! Not a bad way to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning!
There’s nothing like a bit of warm weather to put a spring in your step, is there? While the weather was awful on my birthday, which spoilt my plans a bit, the weather over the last few days has been much better. We enjoyed doing a bit of work in the garden, which has moved on quite a bit since I last blogged about it, I’m pleased to report! We dug out a new border and landscaped the back of the garden, which will be free to wild flowers & bugs galore. We’re hoping to help the bee & butterfly community a bit. Not only that, but I enjoyed my first locally grown strawberries! What a treat!
Strawberries are my favourite fruit, but I can’t stand the ones that are force grown & imported from abroad. I want my strawberry to taste like a strawberry, funnily enough! Nothing says summer to me like a British strawberry. Just hope the sun is going to play his part too!